St Benedict's joins Gabrieli Consort for wonderful Baroque concert
Seven St Benedict’s students enjoyed a remarkable opportunity to sing with Gabrieli, the internationally renowned choir and period instrument consort, in Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday 10th January, through the Gabrieli Roar partnership with youth choirs.
Gabrieli Roar is a partnership between Gabrieli and a network of diverse British youth choirs. Young singers are given the opportunity to perform side-by-side with professional musicians, to develop their musical talent and nurture a love of choral music.
It was exciting to to sing in Westminster Cathedral, the same Cathedral where our very own Mr Eastwood once sang as a chorister."Liam (L5)
The Gabrieli Roar In Dulci Jubilo concert was a festive celebration of the spectacular polychoral music of Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. More than 2,000 primary and secondary students have sung with Gabrieli’s world-class musicians across eight performances in regional cathedrals around the UK since November, directed by Paul McCreesh. The series culminated in the magnificent setting of Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday 10th January.
It was an amazing experience, there were lots of other great voices singing beautiful songs. Westminster Cathedral was a fantastic venue to perform in as well."Aaron (F3)
Celebrating Praetorius’ 400th anniversary, the concert featured some of his major works, including Puer Natus in Bethleham, Von Himmel Hoch, Quem Pastores, and of course the dramatic setting of In Dulci Jubilo to showcase massed trumpets and voices.
The Gabrieli Roar concert was a thrilling experience for me, and I'm sure the same is applicable to anyone involved or who attended it. My highlight would definitely have to be the song Puer Natus in Bethlehem as it just sounded incredible, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the concert as a whole.
Henry H L4 (Y8)
It was a privilege to perform in such a great and famous Cathedral alongside many other singers. The sense of community and singing together really shone through, and it was a great experience to be there.
George M L5 (Y10)
I enjoyed singing with the Gabrieli Roar choir. Singing in such a large choir produced an impressive sound, and I liked performing in Westminster Cathedral because of the beautiful decorations. The highlight was the final song, where all the harmonies made the music sound incredible.
Lydia R L5 (Y10)
I found the Gabrieli Roar concert to be a great experience as I was able to sing with choirs from many other schools. It was fascinating to finally hear how the full programme sounded altogether after two months of rehearsals. It was also exciting to be there and sing in Westminster Cathedral, the same Cathedral where our very own Mr Eastwood once sang as a chorister. It was a very enjoyable concert singing classic Christmas pieces with teachers, adult singers and so many other students like me. Everyone from St Benedict's had a great experience!
Liam T L5 (Y10)
The Gabrieli Roar concert was incredible. It was exciting to sing Baroque music with hundreds of other performers and professional singers, orchestra and conductor. Having the opportunity to perform at Westminster Cathedral was amazing. It is a beautiful building and one of the best places to sing in the country. The highlight was hearing the Gabrieli Consort sing music by Praetorius from different parts of the cathedral. It was fun to meet performers from different schools, some of whom I knew from other singing events. Overall, it was a fabulous concert that I and everybody performing was very lucky to be able to partake in.
Stanley W L4 (Y8
It was an amazing experience, there were lots of other great voices singing beautiful songs. Westminster Cathedral was a fantastic venue to perform in as well.
Aaron M F3 (Y7)
The Gabrieli Roar concert in Westminster Cathedral was an incredible experience. So many schools from across London came together and hundreds of us sang. The music was great, but my favourite part was performing in such a prestigious incredible building. Thank you so much Miss John for making this exciting trip possible.
Jay W L4 (Y8)